“In the history of the Dodgers, nothing ever comes easy” ~Vin Scully
After almost an entire week of controversy, the Dodgers and Red Sox have reportedly agreed to a trade that will see both outfielder Mookie Betts and lefty starting pitcher David Price end up in Los Angeles. In return, the Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo, catching prospect Connor Wong and infield prospect Jeter Downs.
Jeff Passan of ESPN was among the first to reveal the details of the trade.
At the time the news broke, there is still no report on how much money the Dodgers will receive to cover Price’s three-year, $96 million salary.
Initially, the three-team scenario showed Betts and Price shipped to the Dodgers from Boston, Verdugo sent to the Red Sox from Los Angeles, Maeda sent to the Twins from Los Angeles, and Graterol sent to the Red Sox from Minnesota. Additionally, the Red Sox were to believed to have agreed to send enough money to the Dodgers to cover half of Price’s contract.
However, after viewing the medicals of Graterol, the Red Sox saw something that led them to believe that the 21-year-old native of Venezuela projected more as a reliever than a starter. Conversely, other teams that reviewed those same records did not see any red flags, according to reports.
In recent days, the proposed three-team blockbuster was under scrutiny by fans, players and members of the MLB players’ union.
From Justin Turner of the Dodgers:
From Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association:
Regardless, the end result saw the Dodgers score a very large haul in all three of Betts, Price and Graterol.
According to some scouts, Graterol’s ceiling is unlimited. Here’s an excerpt from MLB Pipeline’s scouting report from 2019:
“Graterol’s stuff continues to get better the more he matures and the further removed from surgery he gets. His fastball touches triple digits and will often sit in the 96-98 mph range, with an ability to maintain velocity deep into starts. Throwing with plenty of sink, Graterol misses bats and gets a ton of ground-ball outs off of his fastball. When he committed to throw the harder version of his slider, in the 87-89 mph range, it trended toward plus, but he would back off of it at times. Continued separation between that and his slower curve will help, as will further refinement of his changeup.”
Stay tuned for more information as it continues to develop.